Happy holidays from Fuel Up to Play 60!

Thank you to our Player Ambassadors who help make a difference in schools and in the lives of students across the country! 


There are 8 grams of protein in one serving of chocolate milk, and Fuel Up to Play 60 Player Ambassador Morgan Moses is crushing it. 

How do you Fuel greatness?

Need some inspiration? 

Read Fuel Up to Play 60 Ambassador Maliyah’s story and how she became a Carolina Panthers fan!

Fall and football? Whatâs better than that? Read more from Fuel Up to Play 60 Ambassador Connor!

Fall and football? What’s better than that? 

Read more from Fuel Up to Play 60 Ambassador Connor!

Do you play FLAG Football? 

What is your favorite position to play?

Breakfast is giving Fuel Up to Play 60 something to rap about! 

How do you fuel up? 

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congrove just scored 710 points in Frankfurter Fling!

Back to the classroom means back to Fuel Up to Play 60. Get involved and start planning your FUTP 60 Kickoff today!

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So lucky! Fuel Up to Play 60 students Ariana and Wisdom got to go to the 2017 NFL Draft as reporters and pose questions to players like Leonard Fournette.

What question would YOU ask a future NFL star, if you could?

My experience at the 2017 NFL draft was a memorable one. I was astonished to capture the event from a different lens and to feel how it felt to be an interviewer for the NFL media.
My experience at the 2017 NFL draft was a memorable one. I was astonished to capture the event from a different lens and to feel how it felt to be an interviewer for the NFL media.

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How cool would it be for an NFL player to come to your school?

Get your school to become part of the Fuel Up to Play 60 team and it just might happen.

Fuel Up to Play 60 is a free school wellness program and it's really fun for students, with opportunities to earn points, rewards like NFL prizes and even chances to have NFL players visit your school!

So the next chance you get, show the above video to your teacher and encourage them to join Fuel Up to Play 60 here.

Plus - schools with teachers joining now will receive a Back to School poster this fall!*

Let's see: Fun? Check. Learn how to be healthy and strong? Check. Get a chance at having an NFL player come to your school? CHECK.

What are you waiting for? Show this to your favorite teacher now.

*Through June 1, 2017; while supplies last; one poster per school.

Top Points Earner Contest Winner Heads to Green Bay!

I’m writing about the Fuel Up to Play 60 prize I won for being the Top Points Earner on! I got to pick an NFL game to travel to and watch my favorite team, the Green Bay Packers play in their hometown!

The day before the game, I went to Lambeau Field and got to meet 2 alumni players from the Packers: Marco Rivera and Ken Ruettgers. I also took the stadium tour and got to go everywhere from the roof of the stadium to the tunnel and on the field. My favorite part of the tour was being on the roof because I felt like a giant standing above the entire field. When I got to the stadium that day, I was just shocked by how big it was.

When I walked through the Hall of Fame, my favorite part was the Brett Favre display. He was such a neat person. I also got to see some Super Bowl Rings and a couple of the Packers’ Vince Lombardi Super Bowl Trophies.
This was my first ever NFL game, and I couldn't wait to get inside to a stadium full of fans! When we got to the stadium for the game on Sunday, I was surprised by getting Sideline Passes to hang out on the sidelines during the pre-game. We got to see the players up close. That was so exciting! My favorite part of the game was running out of the tunnel before the National Anthem and standing on the field. I also have to say that another highlight before the game was when we were walking down the tunnel to go line up and Clay Matthews came up behind me and gave me a little shake on the shoulder as he jogged by. THAT WAS AWESOME!
The game was so awesome! The Packers fans I sat around were so cool. Every time there was a touchdown, they gave everyone around them high fives. The fans were so nice! Even though the snow was coming down it was still really nice outside and a perfect day for an outdoor football game.
So glad I got to see a Packers win at Lambeau Field. Man, I had an awesome time! I'd have to say that this was the best trip I've ever been on! Thank you Fuel Up to Play 60 for the opportunity to experience my first NFL game in style!

Student Ambassador
South Dakota
7th Grade

Wisconsin Ambassadors on “Packers Live”!

Recently, we were invited by the Wisconsin Dairy Council to attend the Larry McCarren show as we have been very active for the last several years with the FUTP 60 program. Many of us started in this program back in elementary school. Now that we are in high school, we are looking for activities that interest high school participation.

Larry McCarren, AKA "The Rock", played for the Green Bay Packers as a center for 12 seasons and is now in the Hall of Fame. He hosts “Packers Live”, which is shot live at Lambeau Field in the Legends Club on Monday evenings. His guest that evening was Morgan Burnett, #42 Safety for the Packers. We took our crew of FUTP 60 Ambassadors, two who had never been to Lambeau before!

Before the game, we went to the Packers Pro Shop and saw Morgan Burnett shopping with his family! That was pretty sweet! He was a super nice guy and even let us get some pictures with him!
The Larry McCarren show was pretty cool. We weren't sure what to expect, but since we all really like football, we found the show to be really interesting.

Overall it was a great experience. Not only were we there to represent FUTP 60, but so were several other schools from around the state. It was great to talk with Mr. McCarren about FUTP 60 and let all of those who watched the show find out about it as well! We would definitely go to a Larry McCarren show again. Thank you FUTP 60 for partnering with the NFL and to the Wisconsin Dairy Council for your support (and for the tickets that night!).

Courtney and Andrew
Summit Ambassadors
9th Grade

Hello, my name is Danny and I am writing to share my experience while at the Chicago Bears Fuel Up to Play 60 Game as the State Ambassador!

I would first like to thank my mom, my Program Advisors, Lorna, Tobi, the Chicago Bears Staff, Chicago Bears players, Alumni players, Fuel Up to Play 60, and the Midwest Dairy Council for supporting me and honoring me with this opportunity.

When the day finally arrived, I could hardly contain my excitement for what was ahead. Little did I know, it would impact me so much. I was given the privilege to go out on the Chicago Bears 50 Yard Line for the COIN TOSS! It was an amazing feeling to be able to walk out on the field and see just how big the Bears football players are in comparison to myself.

I also had the opportunity to meet some of the Alumni players. Aside from my tremendous excitement, I felt so proud to represent the Fuel Up to Play 60 program for my middle school and the entire State of Illinois. My day was surrounded with welcoming faces as I entered the field. I personally still can’t believe how lucky I was to be chosen for this opportunity and I am truly grateful to all the people who helped make this happen.

I would like to share one piece of advice to anyone who thinks this cannot happen for them: it can! I learned that you can truly do anything you want as long as you put your mind to it. It was such an amazing feeling stepping out onto the turf field, looking around, seeing all the people, and then my face up on the Jumbo-Tron; what an extraordinary feeling! This was a once in a lifetime experience that I will never forget.

-State Ambassador Danny

NFL athletes are making a difference in their community, and now they have a chance to show it off!

This week, players will be promoting causes they care about in the league's #MyCauseMyCleats campaign… and we’re particularly excited about the pair of cleats being sported by Dallas Cowboys strong safety Barry Church!

Barry has chosen to showcase Fuel Up to Play 60 as his cause, wearing these awesome custom-made cleats for his 12/1 game against the Minnesota Vikings! 

And it doesn’t stop at Barry’s cleats. The league brings NFL excitement to school wellness across the country! All 32 NFL teams are involved with the Fuel Up to Play 60 program, and since the program’s inception, over 1,300 player visits have taken place at schools involved in the program. To learn how you can get involved, visit
After being named a State Ambassador, I had the opportunity to attend the 2016 National Student Ambassador Summit this summer. We learned a lot of ways to incorporate physical activity into our day. We had fun breaks such as volleyball, obstacle courses, Zumba, dance parties, tag, relay races, and much more. We even got a chance to play FLAG Football with former and current NFL players. It was the best.

It's almost fall so the weather is getting cooler and it is a great time to get outside and have fun with some physical activity. Some of the things that you can do outside while having fun are:

1. Go to your school or a local park and play on the playground. Running, climbing, and swinging are great physical activities.
2. Join an organized run. Where I live, we have an annual 5k run for the local education foundation hosted by the school district. It is a ton of fun and it is for a great cause!

3. Get outside and play with your friends! Organize a sports game or play tag or hide-and-seek with some kids in your neighborhood.

4. Go for a hike and take in the beautiful fall weather. Here in Missouri, fall is a great time to get outside and hike through the woods as the leaves change color.

5. At recess play kickball or basketball. Both of these sports are really fun and involve a lot of physical activity. Use your imagination and create an outdoor play or skit with your friends!

My personal favorite- you could have a FLAG Football game with your friends! Take turns playing different positions to keep it interesting.

These are only some of the things that you can do outside to get your sixty minutes of activity. So take some of these ideas or make up your own, and get outside and have some fun this fall!

-Kid Reporter Connor, State Ambassador

Hello, my name is LaDainian and I am the 2016 Illinois State Ambassador for Fuel Up to Play 60. I was introduced to this wonderful program by my physical education teacher, who believed that I could become the next FUTP 60 State Ambassador. 

As a newly appointed Ambassador, I was given the opportunity to attend the first round-pick mini conference for the 2016 NFL Draft. 

The Draft was held at the Auditorium Theater in Downtown Chicago, hundreds if not thousands were in attendance. I was extremely excited and hyped while waiting for the new NFL rookies to be drafted to their teams. 

Immediately after the first pick, which was Jared Goff, a representative from the NFL staff came and escorted John, FUTP 60’S 2015 State Ambassador for Illinois and I to the conference room.

In the conference room, we met all of the first round picks! I was able to ask many questions and one of them was to Jalen Ramsey. I asked him who and what inspired him to play football, and his response was, "What inspired me to play football is to be the greatest. I want to be the greatest of all time. I want to be looked at as an idol, like Deion was looked at. I know God has blessed me so much, I have a great support system and family. I want to make them proud of me as well. I'm coming to Jacksonville, I'm ready!"

After leaving the conference room we went back to the Auditorium Theater and watched more draft picks. This was a long night and a once in a lifetime experience for me.

-Kid Reporter LaDainian
When you tell someone you were awarded tickets by FUTP 60 to attend the 2016 NFL Draft in Chicago, they think "that’s really cool!" When you tell them you were able to go into the press conference for the first round NFL Draft pick interviews, they think, "Wow! That’s unbelievable!"Then, when you tell them you were able to ask the first round overall NFL Draft pick, Jared Goff, the last question of his interview, who knows what they’ll think of that!

It is still truly hard to believe that all this happened on Thursday, April 28. It all started off on the 4 o’clock train in to Chicago with my father. We didn’t really know what to expect and my dad jokingly asked, "So what are you gonna ask the first round NFL Draft picks?" I impulsively shook the question away with a slight chuckle and we moved on with our train ride. Once we arrived, it was 15 minutes of chaotic walking with so many people there for the NFL Draft. We were given passes which gave us the power to go through the back way to get in without a line. We felt famous! My dad and I met up with the upcoming 2017 State Ambassador Ladainian and his Program Advisor Rita and took our seats on the first level of the Chicago Amphitheater.

After the first NFL Draft pick, Ladainian and I were brought 'behind the scenes' to the press room which consisted of at least 50 rolling cameras and reporters who all had at least 1 electronic device out researching something important. I could feel the tension in the room with the anticipation of the interviews to begin. It also didn’t help much to talk with the reporter next to me who said he worked for one of the biggest reporting companies in the world and that he had talked with President Obama in a past interview, which just showed me these reporters were the best of the best. We were encouraged to ask the players questions, but I needed all the encouragement I could get because how was my question worthy enough to be asked when these reporters had spent hours researching this NFL Draft prospects? 

After thirty minutes the interviews began. First round overall NFL Draft-pick, quarterback Jared Goff, came out and starts getting blasted with question after question. I had one myself, but couldn’t find the right time to ask it as questions flew by me from left and right directed towards Goff. After about 5 minutes, time was coming to an end and the director shouted, “a few more questions”.

I realized this opportunity wasn’t going to come again anytime soon so I gathered my courage up and blurted out, “Mr. Goff, what do you have to say to all the kids who want to be in your position right now?” With a surprised look, Jared Goff answered, “Man, work as hard as you can, leave no stone unturned, and hope for the best.” From then on, Ladainian and I gained our confidence, alternating questions with each new NFL Draft pick. I ended up asking number 5 pick Jalen Ramsey (who will play with the Jacksonville Jaguars this fall) how he will celebrate, to which he responded that he is still taking it all in and that he will first finish watching the NFL Draft to see where some of his friends end up going to play and then spend time with the family. 

My last question was to NFL Draft pick number 11 and soon-to-be Tampa Bay Buccaneer, Vernon Hargreaves III, where I again asked what advice he had to kids who want to be in his position. His advice was that he was in those kids’ same position and that there is nothing special about him, but that it is all about hard work.

My once-in-a-lifetime experience at the 2016 NFL Draft showed me these NFL players are normal guys who put in their all to reach their dreams and anyone is capable of reaching their goals through hard work, which is exemplified through these players. Thanks you so much to everyone at FUTP 60 that made this experience come true and it is something I will commonly reflect back on and never forget!

-Kid Reporter John

Students at Thorson Elementary won a special MVP contest and received a Super Bowl 50 party with two Packers players. How cool! 

The celebration even included Green Bay Packers giveaways! Watch the lucky kids show love for their local NFL club and see how they Fuel Up to Play 60!

San Diego Chargers first pick, Joey Bosa, talks about how he prepares for games, his favorite exercises, and what he'll do after draft day.

Poll: NFL Draft Prospects PLAY 60!
Check out the NFL PLAY 60 event at Grant Park in Chicago! Local kids and NFL prospects during the week of the draft to exercise, work on football drills, throw with the pros, and have fun!

Carson Wentz starts a group huddle!

Myles Jack runs drills with the kids and gives his best tips!

Check out Laquon Treadwell showing his best dance moves!

Summit Ambassadors are a select group of student leaders within the Fuel Up to Play 60 program who have demonstrated their ability to create healthy changes in their schools and communities.

These leaders are chosen via a stringent application process and have attended the FUTP 60 Student Ambassador Summit, which is a multi-day leadership, communications and program training each summer.

Every few months during the school year, the Summit Ambassadors come together via a conference call to discuss progress in their schools, ask questions, and give input on the FUTP 60 program. 

This March, Dallas Cowboys Safety and FUTP 60 NFL Player Ambassador Barry Church joined the students to discuss staying healthy and motivated during the off-season, and give advice on leadership, teamwork, and role models. 

Read Barry’s conversation with Student Ambassadors from around the country on FUTP 60’s The Huddle blog!
Have you ever see a Fruibiks Cube?

Going to school hungry is not cool! That's why Fuel Up to Play 60 wants to make sure you fuel your mind and body for the day ahead. Share with us how you fuel greatness every morning!

Poll: National Nutrition Month
It’s National Nutrition Month and Fuel Up to Play 60 wants to make sure all kids kick off their day with a nutritious breakfast!

Did you know that fueling up in the morning with a well- rounded breakfast will help you focus better in class and give you the energy you need for your 60 minutes of activity?

Visit FuelUpToPlay60 to learn how you can fuel greatness every day!
The 2016 NFL Scouting Combine was one to remember for every football fanatic from Ohio. From the hopes of finding a quarterback for the Cleveland Browns, or watching the 14 draftees from Ohio State perform at the most elite level yet. Being a native of Cleveland, Ohio, both of those reasons would’ve sufficed as to why I should’ve stayed updated on how things were going in Indianapolis. Until I got invited there myself. In the early weeks of the New Year, I was asked to speak at the NFL Combine on behalf of Fuel Up To Play 60. I spoke to Community Relation and Team Services personnel from various teams in the NFL in the Indianapolis Convention Center while the real show was going on right next door, in Lucas Oil Stadium, home of the Indianapolis Colts.

Upon standing at the podium for my presentation, I had three full pages of a speech that I was determined to get through, by the end, I had used not a single sentence directly from those papers. During my presentation I spoke about why FUTP60 is such a vital partnership with their teams, what opportunities are given to both students and teams when they’re involved and how to enhance their experience with the program. I also gave a rundown of my history with the program and all the opportunities I’ve been given because of my involvement and the involvement of my hometown team, The Cleveland Browns. My lengthy monologue was accompanied nicely with a powerpoint showing the audience all that I’ve done with the program as well.

Along with this extraordinary opportunity of voicing my experiences first hand with the representatives there, I got to reunite with a familiar face I had met back at the FUTP60 Student Ambassador Summit in 2014. This person happened to be none other than, Super Bowl 50 champion, Team Captain and Safety for the Denver Broncos, David Bruton Jr. David is a cherished player representative for the program and spoke to the audience promptly following me about just that-his role and love for the program.

From the moment I walked into my hotel the night before, seeing a sea of NFL personnel in team logos from head to toe, and receiving hotel room key embossed solely for the NFL Combine, I knew this would be a special experience for a 15 year old, especially me. Just as I did in my presentation, I would like to close with praise to this program for the opportunities I’ve been given through it-especially this one, it takes the cake! (Some type of healthy cake, of course-if that exists?) Some of my favorite memories from my involvement thus far include speaking to audiences where I am undoubtedly the youngest in the room, just like this one!

Keep Fueling Up and Playing 60!

-Kid Reporter Avery

If you like a sport anyone can play, NFL FLAG is a fun way to get active. Football is an interesting sport, but this brings football to another level.

FLAG football is not only for younger kids, even high school students play. Many of my friends couldn’t play on the football team. They wondered how to get back to playing the game they love, so they found NFL FLAG. It is amazing to see how many people play the game.

I do not play on a football team, but I had the opportunity to play with and against NFL players in FLAG football at the 2014 and 2015 Student Ambassador Summits. They may have been good, but I was better! It feels amazing to run and catch a ball and compete with friends on the other team.

Go outside and play FLAG football with your friends, it encourages you to get better ideas and improve your thinking process with physical activity.

So go outside with some friends and play catch or a game in your backyard, you and your friends will really enjoy it!

-Kid Reporter Tyler

Ever wonder how NFL players prepare for the biggest game of the year? We got the scoop from a few Fuel Up to Play 60 Player Ambassadors!

Seattle Seahawks kicker Steven Haushka, New York Giants cornerback Prince Amukamara and New England Patriots safety Devin McCourty tell us how they Fuel Greatness below!

How have you prepared for past Super Bowl games (on and off the field)?

Prince Amukamara: On the field, I liked to keep my workouts the same as they have been all season. We are active for at least 60-90 minutes a day. Off the field, I make sure I have done my homework on the other team and have watched plenty of film. I also make sure my body is well rested and that I am eating plenty of protein like, eggs, yogurt, meat/chicken, etc. to keep my body fueled.

Steven Haushka:
 We prepare for Super Bowl games the same way we prepare for every other game. There are a few more interviews, more family around, and you stay at a hotel the whole week, but other than that it’s the same practice routine. You need a lot of relaxation time that week.

What does your diet and exercise routine look like as you prep for a big game?

Devin McCourty: I like to keep my diet and exercise routine pretty consistent with what I have been doing all season. I make it a point to eat breakfast every day so that it energizes me throughout the day, whether it's fruit, yogurt or a smoothie. It's important that I also drink a lot of water to stay hydrated before, during and after the games.

Steven Haushka
: My wife Lindsey and I like to eat healthy year round so it’s not too different heading into a game. I want my diet to have a lot of protein and healthy fats. I like Greek Yogurt, fresh organic fruit, granola, sweet potatoes, and avocados.

What was your favorite Super Bowl halftime performance of all-time?

Devin McCourty: My favorite performance was the one I missed because we were in the locker room preparing to win Super Bowl XLIX!

Prince Amukamara: My favorite performance was Beyoncé when the lights went out!

What is the most interesting or intense pre-game ritual or superstition you've ever seen?

Devin McCourty:
I wouldn't say this is intense, but the weirdest pre-game ritual I have seen is that some guys like to sleep before the game in the locker room.

Steven Haushka:
I've seen guys have to lay out all of their stuff and put it on in a particular order. I’m sure there are weirder superstitions.

What's your advice for kids that want to Fuel Greatness before an important event?

Devin McCourty: It's very important to make sure you start your day off right. Breakfast is the most important meal for me. I would suggest starting off your morning with some sort of protein like milk, yogurt or eggs to keep you energized for the day.

Prince Amukamara: Make sure you get a good night’s rest before the event. It's important that your mind and body are well rested. To help fuel you throughout the day, make sure you're eating breakfast. My favorite breakfast is cereal with bananas and a glass of milk, it gets me energized for the day ahead.